“Before being involved with Know My Neighbour I hadn’t thought about and didn’t have the confidence to connect with my immediate neighbours. I started to make an effort to say hello to my neighbours on either side and chat with them over the garden wall and with my neighbour who lives above me. Now we have mini festivals in the garden (we all share a love of fires and all have fire pits so this was an obvious way to join together and socialize with each other), we share looking after each others cats, swap gardening tool and tips and one of my neighbours has been inspired to start chatting to an older lady who lives alone on the street – they discovered a shared love of drumming and are off to a class shortly. For my children, who initially said “why do we want strangers in our house and garden mummy?” getting to know our neighbours has been a revelation and from this they have developed relationships, which they had never thought of before and which go beyond friends and family. My son has learnt to play pool (my neighbour’s pool table is in the garden!), build fires and my daughter gets to play with my neighbour’s rabbits.
We are a far happier community as a result of Know My Neighbour and know that we can call on each other if we do need help. For example, I had a flood in my basement and was able to borrow my neighbours towels and dehumidifier which sorted out the problem quickly and minimised the damage to carpets and furniture. When my drain got blocked and I was unable to use my washing machine my neighbour lent me his.”